5 Things to Look For When Selecting Your Next Wedding Exhibitor / Professional

 

Let’s say you go to the wedding expo,  have a great time, and then while you are there, you meet some wedding professionals that might have what you are looking for. How do you decide if they are the right fit for you?

Here are 5 questions to keep in mind when selecting your next wedding exhibitor:

1. How professional do they look?

Everyone says you can’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you should. If the wedding professional you are talking to looks like they just rolled out of bed, aren’t organized or looks like they don’t even want to be there, that is a sign it’s time to move on! A wedding expo is not the time for a wedding exhibitor to “have a bad day”. Only select those professionals that have brought their “A” game. You want the best for your wedding right? Look for those that came prepared. Trust me on this one.

2. Are they willing to work within your budget? Do they offer show specials?

You have taken the time out of your day to attend a wedding expo. You definitely want to be rewarded for this decision right? A wedding show is a great place to get “show only” deals from wedding exhibitors. If you find a product or service that you like, ask the exhibitor if they have a show special or are willing to work with you on your budget. Remember- it’s OKAY to negotiate. Most companies have wiggle room in their service prices and would be willing to do what has to be done to get you to book. Go get that deal!

3. Do you actually enjoy interacting with them? Are they too pushy or salesy?

When you spoke to the exhibitors, did you seem to vibe with them? Were they listening to you, and actively engaged? The last thing you want is some super salesperson trying to push you into products or services that you don’t want. You want them to offer you solutions to YOUR wedding. Be sure to gauge how you feel during and after your interactions. If you seem to hit it off, that’s a good sign that they might be the right professional for you. If you don’t feel like they were listening, or you felt like just another number or customer, then you should probably take that as a hint and move on to someone else.

4. Do they have a website and active social media? Do they have good reviews?

A company that doesn’t have a website or active social media is usually behind the times and may not be up to date on the latest and greatest in the wedding industry. This isn’t always the case, but I will always go with an exhibitor that has a polished website, engaging social media and has good reviews online. I don’t want to take chances on an inexperienced wedding professional for my wedding. Who wants to book someone that doesn’t even have a single 5 star review? What if they only have 1 star reviews? I don’t want to book with them. Neither should you.

5. Are they going to be a good fit for you and your wedding?

At the end of the day, sometimes you have to go with your gut feeling. You will know if the exhibitor is trustworthy and legit. Every wedding pro is a little different, some have big personalities while others are more laid back. Remember, you will most likely be working with these people for a good period of time, so you want to actually like them and look forward to your interactions. They will be involved in the most important day of your life. You want to be happy they are there!

There you have it! Be sure to keep these 5 things in mind while you are at the show. They will hopefully save you some serious headaches and even heartaches down the road.

Until next time!

~Sarah A.

The Do’s and Dont’s of a Winter Wedding!

The cold, winter season is now upon us. You know what that means- winter weddings!

Yes, surprisingly, there are lots of people that choose to have their wedding in a winter wonderland. Isn’t there just something so beautiful about the snow, the silent majesty of a winter’s morn?

If you have had any thoughts of having your own winter wedding, or know that you will be attending one soon, we are here to help make sure these events are a success.

Here are our do’s & dont’s for those of you that want to have their wedding in the snow!

 

List of Do’s

 

Do Dress Your Bridesmaids in Style

 

Just because you are doing your wedding in the cold, doesn’t mean can’t look classy. Furs? Wool Skirts? Those big Russian jackets? These are all acceptable! With a winter wedding, you don’t have follow traditional wedding styles. It will most likely be cold outside during the ceremony. There might even be snow falling! During a wedding like this, you can have your bridesmaids wear layers, boots, hats, and modify them all to look great and be warm.  Layers are especially important because after the chilly ceremony, everyone will be headed into a (hopefully) warm reception area. You will want your bridesmaids to be able to switch to their “warm weather gear”. I would recommend saving the heels and short dresses for indoors. Since a winter wedding isn’t traditional, you can think outside the box and style your bridesmaids however you want! Be creative!

 

Do Choose a Warm & Cozy Reception Area

Just because you want to have your ceremony in a winter wonderland doesn’t mean you have to freeze the entire wedding! It’s a good idea to have your wedding in a warm, cozy fireplace-in-a-lodge type space. There is nothing better than walking into a a softly lit, warm space after being in the cold! Be sure to have warm drinks, hot cocoa, cider, to keep your guests warm. You can also provide a winter/holiday soup for the same effect. I would personally try to make sure the reception area is filled with delicious smells of warm cinnamon and other holiday goodness.

 

Do Be Creative With Food, Guest Gifts and Decorations

One of the great things about choosing to have a winter wedding is all the holiday and winter themed possibilities! You could use cute mini Christmas trees on each table that have an ornament with each guest’s that is assigned to sit there. You can give little Christmas themed boxes filled with holiday treats as gift bags. You can go old school Santa with milk and cookies for dessert. There are so many options to help give your wedding that extra holiday/winter “oomph”. Be creative!

 

List of Dont’s

 

Don’t Feel Forced to Use Christmas Colors.


Just because it is the holiday season doesn’t mean everyone has to wear red and green and look like Santa’s helpers! Be bold and use colors that really stand out against the holiday season. Spring colors, soft pinks, yellows all work great. Your guests will be expecting you to go with the holiday theme, but you can surprise them with a tropical themed wedding. But, who are we kidding, if you want a winter wedding there is a good chance you are a fan of the holiday theme. If you really love green and red, don’t be afraid to use those too!

 

Don’t Let Your Guests Freeze to Death!


Just because you prefer a chilly wedding, doesn’t mean everyone else loves the cold! Be sure to keep the ceremony, especially if outdoors, on the shorter side. There is nothing worse than enjoying your big day and looking over to see everyone shivering and miserable. Be sure to let your guests know to wear coats and other warm clothing while outside. It is a good idea to let the ladies know to NOT wear their heels outside in the snow. They should wear boots and then switch to their glamour gear once inside. Please be sure that there is enough space for all your guests inside the reception area. You don’t want to force anybody to stand outside in the cold.

 

Don’t Overdo the Heat


Okay, I know I just said not to let everyone freeze to death, but you always don’t want to go the complete other direction and unleash a million heaters on your guests. During the reception, be sure to keep an eye on your guests and make sure they aren’t all soaked to the bone in sweat. Once your party starts dancing and grooving, the reception area will heat up fast. Being uncomfortably hot is worse than cold, right? You can only take off so many layers!

 

There you have it!

Winter weddings can be a beautiful, one-of-a-kind wedding experience. The winter background can make for absolutely beautiful photographs.

Stick to this list of do’s and don’ts when planning your wedding and you are sure to have a winter wedding that will be amazing!

 

 

~Sarah A.